These seven [who were chosen to oversee the food distribution] were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them.
So God's message continued to spread...
— Acts 6:6-7 NLT
We previously looked at some of the principles of delegating
that the early church leaders practiced. In this case of needing to equitably care for all the widows, the body of believers presented seven men they felt spiritually fit the requirements given to them by the apostles for servants to meet this need.* The apostles then placed their hands on those men to delegate and consecrate them publicly as specially designated servants. Affirming their responsibility and roles was vitally important for them as they served. Both the body of believers who selected the seven men and the widows whom these men were called to serve knew to trust, follow, and help them!
Almighty God, my Abba Father, forgive me and my generation. All too often, we do not respect our leaders and doubt their intentions. As your leaders serve and as they delegate responsibilities to new servants and empower them with spiritually sound principles, we want to follow and support them. Holy Spirit, we do ask you to convict us when rebelliousness and cynicism cloud our hearts. Open our hearts so we will trust and follow our leaders with generous grace and loving support. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.